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A word on wellness: We are a full two months into 2016. Sheesh. I know many of us have to-do lists that get put on hold - and often stay on hold - during and well through the holidays. If finding a therapist is something you've been putting off there's no better time to get on it. Often people wait until they are in moments of crisis to begin searching for a therapist. The process can be daunting, using insurance is often tricky... Waiting until a moment of emotional distress can often yield mediocre results. Maybe you don't have the time to properly research, or the patience to wait for people to call you back. You ride through the crisis and then decide, "maybe I don't need therapy after all." Until the next crisis. Meanwhile you could be doing important work with a therapist to minimize these waves of crises or better manage them when they come your way. That being said, a crisis isn't required for a person to seek out therapy - plenty of people are feeling meh, or stuck or just want to explore who they are more deeply, so if that sounds like you then Carpe Diem!
If finding a therapist is something you've been wanting to do, start searching today - regardless of whether or not you're in the midst of an emotional meltdown. You can conduct your search slowly and thoughtfully until you find the right fit. Sites likePsychology Today can assist you in filtering options that matter the most. Word of mouth referrals are often the best for clients and therapists alike, so don't hesitate to ask around. I wrote a more extensive blog post on finding a therapist last year that addresses price, and the importance of finding a good match. Please message me if you have questions about the process of therapy or finding a therapist, I would like to include these FAQs in future newsletters.
Something to Watch:
Brene Brown's TEDTalk on Vulnerability - since participating in therapy requires being vulnerable, perhaps this video will get you in the spirit!
Quotes to Love:
"There is nothing more risky than pretending not to care. We are young and we are human and we are beautiful and we are not as in control as we think we are. We never know who needs us back. We never know the magic that can arise between ourselves and other humans. We never know when the bus is coming" - Rachel C. Lewis
Monthly wellness minute:
In the midst of your workday today close your office door, your laptop, your eyes... sit upright and still. Breathe in deeply to the count of three, and breathe out deeply to the count of three x 5. Do this twice today. Perhaps it's a practice you can commit to daily?
Project Homeless Connect links vulnerable San Franciscans to vital resources throughout the city. They have an event coming up on March 23rd from 10AM-3PM where individuals experiencing homelessness can access a variety of services one-stop shop style. PHC relies heavily on volunteers, especially for their large events, and uses them to assist with a variety of different needs.
Expect quotes, observations, tips and reflections.